Co-funding & University Specialist
Support Services
Full Time
Pordenone, Italy

Electrolux Professional Advanced Development & Technologies is looking for a Co-Funding & Universities Specialist to join us for a temporary position (maternity cover). 

We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to coordinate all the activities related to The Research Hub by Electrolux Professional. The Research Hub acts as a technology enabling agent, bringing universities, industry and external research centers together to collaborate on the creation of an innovation ecosystem, leveraging growth and competitiveness. We have created an attractive research environment for Ph.D. students who want to be part of an international company, offering scholarships in various fields. 

The role of the Co-Funding and Universities Specialist is to strengthen the relationship and cooperation with universities, manage co-funded projects and find new talents to our Ph.D. Academy. 
If you are excited about connecting academia and industry in an international context – this is the place for you!
Bring on your enthusiasm and embark on an exciting journey with us!


Your activities will be changing depending on the time of the year but they will always be diverse and requiring a lot of interactions both internally (be it with the Administration Department, HR, Communications or Marketing) and externally. Your responsibilities will be divided into the three areas:

University relationships:
• Managing relations with existing partner universities - have the responsibility to actively keep in touch with our network, through research collaborations and events such as career days and workshops
• Monitoring the Ph.D. Academy - being the interface between the team and the administrative offices at the universities and the professors of the respective Departments
• Responsible for the overall process of activating new scholarships, from the administrative procedure to finding the right students
• Proactively create and maintain the relations with major partners 

• Coordinating external research collaborations with universities
• Managing co-funded projects in collaboration with the Administration Department 
• Scouting new opportunities for co-funding and managing project applications

• The Research Hub's Website - continuous monitoring and improvement through the editorial plan to lead and increase traffic 
• Social Media Channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and the Electrolux Websites - continuous contact with the Marketing Departments (Sweden, Italy, Global) in order to publish content on the different social media channels as well as on the company website's
• Representation at events - participating at key events in order to nourish and enlarge our network, being the public "face" of The Research Hub 
• Organizing various meetings and workshops in the company


You should have a passion for and experience with communication, be an enthusiastic professional who is comfortable speaking in public and able to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You will participate in key events in order to nourish and enlarge our network, representing The Research Hub in public, as well as organizing various meetings and workshops in the company. 


• Enthusiastic and positive approach. 
• Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in written and verbal format also in front of groups
• Proactive. You have the capacity to accomplish projects with little supervision
• Mature. You take responsibility and plan ahead.
• Excellent writing skills. You convey your message in a clear and appealing way.
• A strong attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines
• Good communicator and relationship builder. You will need to build a strong network internally and externally.
• Strong organizational skills. You get things done.
• Able to work in a multidisciplinary environment
• Entrepreneurial spirit. You are always looking for new opportunities.
• Open to travel. You will have an opportunity to travel across the country as well as abroad.


• We are open to different University backgrounds (e.g. Communications, Economics, Law, Political Science or other). We would welcome candidates with some experience in Public relations, Marketing, Sales, or Community Management…etc.
• Fluent in English (as this will be your main working language); good level of Italian; other languages will be a plus
• Web publishing and social media skills (functional knowledge and/or personal experience with WordPress is a plus)

If you do not meet all of the above requirements but feel this is the job for you – apply! We are open to talk!
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